Author Archives: David Thiel

About David Thiel

David Thiel is executive editor of Popular Woodworking Books.


Two New PW Books at WIA

We hope you’ll stop by and take a look at the many books (and more) that we’ll have available at our Marketplace booth during the 2011 Woodworking in America Conference, but here’s a peek at the two newest Popular Woodworking Books titles we’ll have at the show: Furniture in the Southern Style Furniture from...


Finishing 101: Good Visuals

I was lucky enough to be Bob Flexner’s editor for ‘Wood Finishing 101′. Throughout the process he and I both came back to the value of the images that would be in the book. Showing step-by-step, with pictures, how to apply a finish was the important part. Bob has always been a stickler for...


I Can Do That: Outdoor Garden Bench Project

Built from pine boards available from you local home store, this outdoor bench can be built with only a jigsaw and screw gun. A simply coat of paint to match your decor and you’ll be sitting pretty! This project is one of many from ‘Backyard Projects for Today’s Homestead‘. Click here to download your...


Redo, or New? Kitchen Makeovers

Redo or new? With housing prices still flirting with the basement (pun intended), it’s no surprise that many homeowners are opting to spend a little money to upgrade the home they’re already in. The most requested upgrade (and the best investment) is a new kitchen.  In ‘Kitchen Makeovers For Any Budget‘, author Chris Gleason...


All-weather Morris Chair Plan

When it comes to slouchy comfort, there are few chairs that answer that call better than the Morris chair. But when it’s 70 degrees, the sun is shining and you just want to get out of the house, you need a special Morris chair. An all-weather Morris chair. Say no more! This is the...


Thoughts on Tolpin’s New Book

Shannon Rogers is the online host of, which started a few years ago as an attempt to chronicle his time in his wood shop. The site has grown quite a bit since then, and Shannon’s time is now spent on the Hand Tool School, an online woodworking school offering courses on teaching woodworkers...


Building a Handmade Try Square

Jim Tolpin’s newest book, “The New Traditional Woodworker” teaches the reader how to work with hand tools by using them to build useful bench and shop tools. Each project builds on the skill learned in the preceding chapter. This process makes for an easy and fun learning curve. One of the more attractive project...